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    Chile's President Augusto Pinochet is taking a tough line against opponents who called a general strike on October 30, to press for a quick return to democracy.

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    OCTOBER 29: (CHANNEL 13):
    1. CUs & SVs President Augusto Pinochet addressing dinner as people listen and applaud (SPANISH SOT) (5 shots) 0.40
    2. SV INTERIOR Opposition party member speaking at news conference (SPANISH SOT) 0.52
    3. LV & SVs PAN Demonstrators running as police arrive with water cannon and chase and arrest demonstrators (3 shots) 1.16
    4. SV PAN Riot police arrest President of National Committee of Protests, Mr Parada, as he addresses small group of protestors 1.25
    5. LVs PAN Water cannon used against demonstrators (2 shots) 1.32
    6. SV & CUs Injured demonstrators carried by civilians as others are arrested and bundled into police van (3 shots) 1.40
    7. CU PULL BACK TO SV Injured demonstrator helped by doctor 1.45
    8. LVs PAN Police use water cannon on students outside university campus, students throw stones (2 shots) 2.02
    9. SV & CUs Police firing tear gas at demonstrators (4 shots) 2.15
    10. SVs Demonstrators wearing masks build barricade and throw stones and other missiles (3 shots) 2.29
    11. LV Flames on water cannon vehicle which pulls back 2.37
    12. SVs Police advance and shoot plastic bullets into campus grounds (2 shots) 2.42
    OCTOBER 30:
    13. GV & SV PAN Deserted street and shuttered shops (2 shots) 2.59

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    Background: SANTIAGO, CHILE

    Chile's President Augusto Pinochet is taking a tough line against opponents who called a general strike on October 30, to press for a quick return to democracy. General Pinochet denounced his opponents in a speech the previous day, making no distinction between leftist groups or trade unions behind the strike call, and centrist parties which declined to back the stoppage. He said he would not negotiate on democracy, unless his opponents first accepted the constitution which sets 1989 as the date for a return to some form of democratic rule. He also ruled out a compromise on plans for choosing the next president in 1989. Under the plans, the military junta will nominate a single candidate for approval in a referendum. This could give General Pinochet, in power since 1973, another eight years as president. As he delivered his speech, riot police in Santiago city centre were moving in on demonstrations, arresting more than 100 people, including organisers of the strike. There were also violent clashes between students and police outside the university campus. Trouble was also reported in the part city of Valparaiso, and the key copper mining centre of Rancagua. Police said 11 bombs exploded in the night of October 29-30, as youths manned bonfires in Santiago's poor neighbourhoods. By morning, barricades were thrown up on all major roads as opponents to the regime tried to enforce the general strike call. Many people stayed at home, unable to get to work. The illegal strike was only the second in 11 years of military rule. Strike leaders were hoping to halt public transport because high unemployment, and weak trade unions, made effective stoppages unlikely. General Pinochet's reaction to the strike has been to exile some 140 people described as 'common criminals' to the far north of the country, and to impose restrictions on the media.


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